Friday, October 9, 2015

Daily 5 and Listen to Reading

***Note from the office-- please let your children know that if they are running late in the morning and the bell has already rung (after 7:40) that they should go to the new office entrance (by the big parking lot near the flag poles) to get in. ALL OTHER DOORS AUTOMATICALLY LOCK AFTER THIS TIME. 

This week we've been continuing to build our stamina for our various Daily 5 stations. One of the stations that we're working on is Listen to Reading. At this station your child has the opportunity to listen to stories from the Scholastic BookFlix site. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to enjoy stories independently while being able to read along, hear fluency and expression and make connections. As part of our Listen to Reading time, we are also learning how to respond to literature. We are starting with sharing our favorite part in writing and through an illustration. As the year progresses, our responses will change to topics we are studying such as making text to self connections, or sharing what they learned from a non-fiction informational text. As your child shares their thoughts on their responses we will be hanging them in the room for others to read as a book recommendation. 
Here are our class examples of our favorite part of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pic Collage and measuring

Our target today in math was to measure using non-standard units. We talked about how many years ago things were measured in cubits which is the distance from the tip of your fingers to your elbow. We then made cube trains to represent the length our our cubits and then compared them to the length of a book. Kiddos then went around with their cubit trains looking for examples of items in the room that were about the same length as their cubit. They were asked to find at least 3 items and take a picture of each. We then learned how to use the app, PicCollage for Kids (one of our favorites in 1st grade) where each student uploaded their pics, chose a background and learned how to add text and change the font. This was an introductory lesson to using the app and how we use it to show our learning. We will be sharing these with you as our iPads by this afternoon will be set up to send our learning to you. Be on the lookout for an email from your child with today's PicCollage attached. You will not need the app to view their creation. We'll have lots more of our learning starting to come home in the coming weeks now that we have this capability.


We ran into a glitch with getting our email up and running today so I apologize that you didn't receive our PicCollages last night. 
I have found a more first-grade, user friendly way for us to share our learning with you that comes with rave reviews from many of my Apple Distinguished Educator colleagues. We're going to give it a try and see how it goes. I am hoping to get your feedback as well once we have used it for a bit. I'll be sending an email with info as well as a note home this evening.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Katie McKy visits Glenbrook Elementary!

Mr. Suka and Katie McKy discussing how our
students should all go to Harvard.
Today, Katie McKy, an author and storyteller, came to Glenbrook to talk to our students about the power of story and being brave. She enlisted the help of several staff members including Mr. Sufka and "The Green Gorilla" aka: Mr. Skinkis. Be sure to take a few minutes to ask your child about their experience today. I'm sure they will have many fun and silly things to tell you! 

Mr. Skinkis practicing his part as "The Green Gorilla"

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

iPads and IPICK

We are learning about picking "Just right" books as we prepare to go book shopping again this week. This is a video that we are using to help us learn what each letter of the acronym IPICK means.

As I mentioned in an earlier post we are beginning to use our iPads during our calendar time. We are still doing our calendar routine on the SMARTboard together but with each student having access to an iPad, we have been able to take the same pages we use on the SMARTboard and put them on our iPads so that each student is able to participate individually. We have put these two images in an app called, DoodlecastPro which acts like a whiteboard. In addition to being able to write on these images, students also have the ability to record their voice on this app. 

At the end of the month, students will use the audio feature to share what they know about our October weather graph (which weather we've had the most of, comparing one type of weather to another, etc). This feature allows all students to share their learning despite their reading/writing abilities. I look forward to being able to share this learning with you. Hopefully by the end of this month we will be ready to send our learning to you via email. Your child has learned many things over the last month about using the iPad as a tool including how to take and import pictures into an app, how to save a file, how to record their voice, how to access saved projects and so much more. Mr. Pierre, our music teacher, made the comment to me the other day at how impressed he was with our technology skills as he did a technology project with the kiddos recently and not a one got flustered by what he asked them to do. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guess what we made today?

Nope, not curly fries

Take another guess!
Mmmmm... smells awesome!
Mmmmm... Homemade crockpot applesauce. The halls were wafting with the smell of apple pie (according to all our neighbors) but we knew better- nothing better than fresh, warm, cinnamon applesauce!

Monday, September 28, 2015

In addition to building our stamina for reading, we've also talked about finding a just right spot to read. We talked about how just right spots are comfortable and let you be a reader. We then tried out different spots in our room to see where we were most comfortable. We tried out Mrs. Malchow's wheelie chair, laying on the floor, using the paw print stools, sitting by the fish tank, and more. See our list of spots we LOVE! 
 Having a comfie spot usually makes a BIG difference for little learners! 
After trying several spots we wrote about our favorite spots as well. Our writing goal was to stretch words out and our illustrating goal was to use details, at least 5 colors and no stick people. 

If you'd like to hear the music as you watch the slide show, click on the speaker icon in the top left corner. Also, the slideshow is set for 15 seconds per frame so you have time to read all of our wonderful 1st grade writing. You can click on the arrows to advance through quicker if you'd like.

Where do you like to read? We'd love for you to let us know in the comment section below.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

20 minutes- Hurray!!!

We did it!!! We made it to 20 minutes of independent reading time today! We were all so excited! We have been making mini goals each and every day. Now that we have hit 20 minutes, we are going to add on another Daily 5 option (Listen to reading, Work on Writing, or Word Work) It's still a teacher secret so I can't divulge the information quite yet. YOu'll have to ask your child what it was next week. Along with our 20 minute celebration, we are going to invite Mr. Sufka in to read with us too! We are excited to show him how great we are doing!

Just a quick reminder as well- there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Sept 28th!